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The Ultimate Guide to Drilling Rigs Maintenance

Feb. 20, 23

An impressive range of powerful and versatile underground and land drilling equipment. Whether it's top-driven and chuck-driven coring, or versatile rigs capable of handling a wide range of operations from construction to quarrying, these heavy machines tap into the true potential of site excavation.


However, for their operators and site managers, maintaining heavy-duty drilling equipment to keep it running efficiently at full capacity can be another matter.


Designed to drill and excavate the earth, these machines are subject to a unique set of vibrations, physical stresses, and wear and tear. This means an equally unique set of preventive maintenance measures are required - with precise schedules for inspection, testing, cleaning, lubrication, and one-off parts replacement.


In other words, machines that work this hard are hard to take care of.

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Why Preventive Maintenance for Drilling Equipment?

The industry is no stranger to preventive maintenance and machine inspections.


There is no better way to control costs, reduce risk and maintain jobsite productivity and compliance than through such programs. Particularly for land and underground drilling equipment, it is vital to monitor interconnecting systems and components (mechanical or otherwise) against pre-scheduled service and maintenance to reduce idle time and reduce the likelihood of machine overhauls.


The best maintenance plans for drilling equipment are tailored to you. You must consider your average operating environment, climate, machine load cycles, operating hours, regulatory requirements, manufacturer recommendations, etc. to draft a maintenance plan for success. Upon completion, your fleet will be rewarded with


1. Reduced accidents or safety incidents

Drilling fleet management doesn't just mean taking care of your equipment, it also means taking care of your operators.


Their safety and security are of paramount importance. Although injury and accident rates in the drilling industry have declined over the past few years, there is no shortage of opportunity for more stringent system monitoring and component correction to further reduce the threat of accidents.


Compliance also comes into play here. Preventative maintenance programs build proper fleet documentation and reporting into daily operations, helping to enhance your compliance efforts. 


2. Reduce equipment downtime

It's no surprise that preventive maintenance and inspections are directly linked to reduced machine downtime. You can gain a better understanding of your equipment and prevent small, incremental defects and breakdowns from becoming serious and costly problems. This in turn allows for better management of all equipment assets, including scheduling more strategic operational time, service and supplementary outsourced repairs, without delaying project schedules and workflows.


3. Reduce the cost of ownership

Pre-investing in preventive and predictive maintenance translates into future value. Through your inspections, you can accomplish real, value-based metrics, such as reduced idle time and fuel cost savings through the use of better total engine hours. In controlling these variables, you can minimize some of the most expensive but most pressing profit losses. You can also identify and solve small problems before they become big ones, not only maintaining equipment reliability but in some cases restoring it.


4. Optimise the costs and benefits of asset changes

Replacing parts in your underground drilling equipment is inevitable. However, it takes time and resources, i.e. hard-earned funds that you cannot keep spending on equipment maintenance. The more frequent and disorganized these repairs are, the more you will miss budgets and schedules. No one benefits from this.


5. Reduce the chances of rig breakdowns

A concerted effort in drilling equipment maintenance is worthwhile. You can create tighter, more compliant operations, improve strategic project management, and encourage technical expertise and staff support. However, in addition to these logistical improvements, the Court has improved inspection and maintenance documentation and reporting. All of this maximises the functionality of the fleet and keeps your rigs performing as they should, day in and day out.

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